I discovered Osea a few months ago in a Beauty Heroes box. I’d seen the brand around, but I’d never actually tried their products until I received the box. I was blown away by the quality of the products featured in the box, and when Osea contacted me asking if I was interested in trying a few more of their products, I gladly accepted their offer. To give you a bit of background, Osea is a clean brand that was launched 20 years ago, with the aim of creating vegan, plant-based products using bio-available seaweed as the core ingredient. I’ve seen some bloggers compare Osea to La Mer, but in all honesty, Osea products, despite being much cheaper, are much more effective and luxurious than anything La Mer has on offer (how can anything with petrolatum as the first ingredient ever be considered luxurious?). Below are short reviews of the products I’ve tried from Osea so far: View Post

Beauty Heroes always offer amazing value, but they have outdone themselves with their November box. Valued at a mind-boggling $205 (you pay just $39!), it contains a full-sized beauty hero and two deluxe sidekicks. The featured brand this month is Ayuna, a luxe-minimalist skincare line from Spain.

Ayuna (Spanish for fasting) uses a ‘less is more’ approach to skincare, reducing skincare ‘to the essential.’ Their offerings have been edited down to just four products (there are two versions of the Cream, which makes it five products in total). These products are formulated with care and precision, and they feel both high-tech and artisanal at the same time. Their jars have a serene, almost monastic quality to them, and they almost look like works of art. They are hands down the best-looking jars I’ve seen in green beauty, and they really have taken packaging design to a whole new level.

Without further delay, let’s see what’s inside this month’s Beauty Heroes Ayuna box. View Post

I love the idea of supporting local brands, but I don’t often come across Aussie brands that are strikingly original. I’m always on the lookout for new brands that move the skincare conversation forward, but most local brands tend to follow international trends rather than create new ones. There are exceptions to this, of course (Mukti, Sodashi, MV Skincare etc.), but a lot of the local products I try feel like variations of other products that already exist.

When Edible Beauty approached me to try their products, I was initially sceptical – but I’m so glad that I accepted their offer. Their products are exceptional, and they really do have a unique point of view. Here are some of my top picks from the brand: View Post

I thought I’d review these masks together because they are all honey-based exfoliating masks with similar textures (they all have a jam-like consistency) and ingredients (turmeric, for instance, one of the many common ingredients). Also, while they all smell different, they have sweet/savoury scents that are somewhat related. Technically, the Josh Rosebrook is marketed as an exfoliator, but it’s meant to be left on the skin like a mask, so I’ve included that as well.

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It’s rare that I fall in love with a brand almost instantly. I’d never heard about Manyo Factory before Franki and Seoul sent me their products to try. I was experiencing a bad case of breakouts on my jaw and temples, and these products (along with Carrot-a-Day from Earthwise Beauty) completely cleared up my skin. Without further delay, here are my thoughts about this fantastic Korean brand:

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